PVES's Monthly Tech Media and Curriculum Newsletter

April is All About Inquiry Based Thinking and the 4C's

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M-Powerment Strategies of the Month: M-8 Research and Inquiry Based Thinking and M-9 Students Skilled for Success (4Cs)

M-8: Students demonstrate critical thinking and higher level understanding through rigorous questioning, project based learning and inquiry-based instruction.

  • use questioning at different levels of knowledge (recall vs. application)
  • plan lessons that allow for inquiry based learning vs. direct instruciton
  • allow students to apply their learning and new knowledge through project based learning
  • model thinking with academic conversations such as "I wonder...", scenarios, and content
  • collaborate with School Library Media Coordinator to design research-based lessons and activities.

M-9 Students routinely choose, critically analyze and evaluate resources, collaborate with peers, and communicate their ideas in different ways.

  • develop the skills of persistence and problem-solving by letting students struggle within reason
  • let students choose the best and method to present their learning with creative products
  • model being a lifelong learner who embraces growth and accepts feedback
  • use collaborative groups with defined roles to help students develop leadership skills

So What Does This Look Like in My Classroom...

Math Strategy of the Month

Using Number Paths

Did you know number lines should not be introduced until 2nd grade? Number paths are a great alternative to number lines for our younger kiddos. Click here to download number paths and directions on how to use them. Click on the link below to watch a video on how number paths can be used in the classroom. Start at the video at 8:40. :)

ELA Strategy of the Month


Looking for a new strategy to try during whole group reading instruction? Try using the Jigsaw strategy! Click here to learn more and see it in action.

Use Jigsaw at any point in the lesson to structure meaningful conversation across a wide range of material. Use it when you are:

  • Building background knowledge on a unit of study
  • Conducting an author study before beginning a new novel
  • Learning about different viewpoints on a historical event or discovery
  • Focusing on complementary – or divergent – concepts in a unit of study
  • Reviewing different aspects of a unit of study to prepare for an assessment

Looking for Something to Add to Your Tech Toolbox?

OneTab Chrome Extension

Are you guilty of having 100 tabs open at once? Then you need the chrome extension called OneTab! Once you download the extension click the OneTab icon to convert all of your tabs into a list. When you need to access the tabs again, you can either restore them individually or all at once. Click on the link below to learn more and add to your extensions.

Interested in learning about more chrome extensions? Check out the presentation below.

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